As your child progresses through the levels of gymnastics at Gymfinity Kids, each stage marks a significant milestone in their development, both physically and mentally. Level 7, in particular, is a critical juncture where gymnasts refine their techniques and enhance their athletic prowess. This level requires a combination of advanced skills, dedication, and a deep understanding of gymnastics fundamentals. Isla is having to put a lot more effort in outside of class for this level.

Advanced Tumbling Techniques

At Level 7, gymnasts continue to build on their tumbling skills with more complex and powerful moves. This includes perfecting their round-off back handspring back tucks, layouts, and possibly even twisting elements like a full twist. The emphasis is on executing these moves with precision, height, and control. Coaches at Gymfinity Kids focus on helping gymnasts develop the strength, speed, and spatial awareness necessary to perform these advanced tumbling passes flawlessly.

Mastery of Apparatus Skills

Each apparatus presents its own set of challenges and skills to be mastered at Level 7:

  • Vault: Gymnasts work on more advanced vaults such as Yurchenkos or Tsukaharas, which require a combination of speed, power, and technical proficiency.
  • Uneven Bars: Skills like giants, flyaways, and kips become more refined. Gymnasts also start working on connecting different elements smoothly, aiming for fluidity and grace in their routines.
  • Balance Beam: At this level, gymnasts perform more intricate combinations of skills, including back handsprings, layouts, and complex dance elements. The focus is on maintaining balance, poise, and confidence throughout the routine.
  • Floor Exercise: Choreography becomes more sophisticated, combining advanced tumbling passes with expressive dance movements. Gymnasts at Level 7 learn to express their personality through their routines while maintaining technical precision.

Enhanced Strength and Flexibility

Physical conditioning is crucial at Level 7. Gymnasts continue to build their core strength, upper body strength, and overall flexibility. Strength training and flexibility exercises are integrated into their training routines to ensure they have the physical capability to perform advanced skills safely and effectively. This conditioning helps prevent injuries and prepares gymnasts for the increased demands of higher levels.

Mental Toughness and Focus

Gymnastics is as much a mental sport as it is a physical one. At Level 7, gymnasts develop greater mental resilience and focus. They learn to cope with the pressure of performing more difficult skills and the discipline required to perfect their routines. Coaches at Gymfinity Kids encourage gymnasts to set goals, stay motivated, and maintain a positive mindset, even when faced with challenges.

Precision and Artistry

Execution and artistry are critical components of gymnastics at Level 7. Judges look for clean lines, pointed toes, and graceful movements. Gymnasts work on making their routines not only technically sound but also aesthetically pleasing. This involves refining their posture, gestures, and overall presentation to impress judges and audiences alike.

Goal Setting and Achievement

Progressing to Level 7 is a testament to a gymnast’s hard work and dedication. At this stage, gymnasts are encouraged to set personal goals and work towards achieving them. Whether it’s mastering a new skill, improving their scores, or competing at higher levels, setting and achieving goals provides a sense of accomplishment and drives further progress.

Level 7 gymnastics is an exciting and challenging stage in a gymnast’s journey at Gymfinity Kids. The skills developed at this level lay a solid foundation for future success in gymnastics and beyond. With a focus on advanced techniques, physical conditioning, mental toughness, and teamwork, Level 7 gymnasts are well-prepared to tackle the challenges of higher levels and achieve their full potential. As parents and enthusiasts, understanding the skills and dedication required at this stage can help you support and celebrate the remarkable achievements of these young athletes.

Don’t forget to use my code GKMUMMY to waive the joining fee when you sign up to Gymfinity Kids. Find a club near you on the website and check the timetable to see what is available.

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Last Update: Saturday, 22nd June 2024